WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A rare astronomical phenomenon is about to treat stargazers this January 2019 – the ‘super blood wolf moon’ – a total lunar eclipse that will also showcase a slightly larger and red-colored moon.
- The event will start on the night of January 20 and last until the morning after, and will be visible to people in America, as well as parts of Africa and Europe.
- The phenomenon is considered a ‘can’t-miss event’, especially since the next total lunar eclipse is not until 2021.
Stargazers are in for a treat this January 2019, as a rare astronomical phenomenon is about to take place – the “super blood wolf moon.”
The total lunar eclipse, which will also showcase a slightly larger and red-colored moon, will begin on the night of January 20 and continue until the morning of January 21.
The next total lunar eclipse is not until 2021, which makes the super blood wolf moon a can’t-miss event. The lunar eclipse will be visible to people in America, as well as parts of Africa and Europe.
Why is it called a “super blood wolf moon”?
A “supermoon” is the phenomenon which happens whenever a full moon or new moon is at its closest to Earth, making the moon appear slightly larger than usual.
The term “blood moon”, meanwhile, refers to the moon’s red-colored appearance during a lunar eclipse. As the earth blocks almost all sunlight from hitting the moon when it passes into the earth’s shadow, the only sunlight that passes is diffracted by the earth’s atmosphere, giving off a red hue.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, each full moon of the year was given a nickname by some Native American groups. The “wolf moon” was the name given to January’s full moon because of the wolf packs that “howled hungrily” in the middle of winter.
Where and when can we see the super blood wolf moon?
According to National Geographic, the super blood wolf moon will be visible to stargazers from across America, Iceland, Greenland, parts of western Africa, and parts of western Europe. Meanwhile, only a partial lunar eclipse will be glimpsed by people in eastern Africa and eastern Europe, and people in most of Asia will not be able to see any part of the event.
The super blood wolf moon will start on January 20, Sunday, at 11:41 p.m. EST, and will last until 12:44 a.m. on January 21, Monday. It was advised by Space.com that the peak of the event will occur on January 21 at 12:16 a.m. EST.
You might want to take note of this event in your calendar, since the next total lunar eclipse is not until May 26, 2021.
If you are unable to see a clear view of the night sky during the eclipse, you can visit several websites, including timeanddate.com, which will stream live footage of the event.